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Declaration Review

Dec 10, Rachel Caroll Rivas from the Montana Human Rights Network spoke at the Lutheran Church. As a prelude to that presentation, Bonner County Human Rights Task Force President Brenda Hammond gave Caroline Lobsiinger, reporter for the Daily Bee, a short history about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It's worth a review:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first international agreement on rights and freedoms that belong to all of us, Hammond said. Its preamble begins simply: “Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

The United States took a lead role in the drafting of this document through Eleanor Roosevelt, who chaired the committee that wrote the declaration. It followed the end of World War II and states that “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind,” Hammond said.

“It was part of an attempt to keep these acts from happening again,” she added. “The BCHRTF feels that it is so important to keep this vision before us.”


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